Chief Executive Officer
Usman's reputation has grown considerably within the counter-terrorism network for two main reasons. Firstly, for taking on the most challenging and high-profile cases and successfully rehabilitating them, and secondly because offenders and ISIS returnees are contacting him directly for ideological rehabilitation.
This has been due to the public transformation of high-profile cases resulting in urban street credibility, the successful creation of a counter-culture in a UK prison and the unrivalled legitimacy of the approach due to strong partnerships and consistent support from world renowned Ideological Scholars.
The foundation of his practical experience derives from having worked at the very grassroots of the various strands of urban communities for over 20 years. In this time he addressed and tackled issues such as first-generation organized crime and the Jihadist deviant sub-culture ingrained within it. Issues addressed ranged from murderous gang violence, mass distribution of illegal drugs through to financial fraud.
Usman Raja regularly received community-based referrals and began tackling issues such as professional criminality, gang crime, drug/alcohol abuse, violent extremism, and reactionary absolutism amongst others.
The Unity Initiative was set up in 2009 by Usman Raja and Dr Angela Misra.